In the wake of the 7th Circuit ruling....
Otis McDonald is celebrating.
Chicago is not.
UPDATE: reader Eric sends the following, with regard to a bill that has been pending:
"Here is a link to the bill.
It appears to be shall-issue. It starts out talking about "permitting the sheriff" to issue licenses, as if there is discretion, but an amendment further down seems to require the ISP to issue a license thru the sheriff once a person meets qualifications."
Many in the Illinois State Rifle Association and IllinoisCarry0 as well as the NRA lobbying arm in Illinois pretty much are dismissing BH148 as old news. It was the compromised offered the Chicago Machine in order to forestall the Shepard decision.
The Machine rolled the dice and lost. The expectation here is that the bill that will be presented to Madigan et al will be significantly better in terms of rights.
Their bargaining position has deteriorated with the Shepard decision.
Posted by: WPZ at December 13, 2012 01:35 PM
Stick a fork in them. They are done!!!
Posted by: 475OKH at December 13, 2012 03:36 PM
The point about the bill is that they are not starting from ground zero in formulating a law, and there is already significant support for a carry license in the legislature.
That bill had some important points (shall-issue, home-rule pre-emption etc).
My understanding is that it also had several compromises (I think issuing the licenses thru the county sheriff was one) that cluttered things up. Now those would appear to mute.
It would be really nice to see the pro-2A side in the legislature run the table with a new law. (It would be nicer still to see nothing happen and the old law disappear in 180 days, leaving unrestricted carry, but I really don't think that is going to happen.)
Posted by: Eric at December 14, 2012 08:39 AM